Unguja lodge was set up by Ralph Kruidering and Elies Hagedoorn. We were born and brought up in the Netherlands. We are both keen divers have travelled to many exotic destinations, so when we arrived in Zanzibar in 2003 we were quick to realize that it had great potential.
Accommodation : When we built Unguja we wanted to create an experience unlike that of staying in a ‘normal’ hotel. So we built spacious self contained cottages that we call ‘villas’.
There are 12 in total, 7 Sea View Villas, 3 Baobab Villas, and 2 Family Houses. The Sea View villas and the Family Houses have a direct sea view, and each has a private terrace overlooking the Menai Bay. The Baobab Villas are built a few meters further from the shore beneath a huge baobab tree. They are oriented to the garden, which make them ideal if you want even more seclusion and privacy.
Dining : Food is very important to us, so we really care about what we serve our guests. To ensure everything is up to scratch and because we enjoy it, most nights you will find us eating in the restaurant. But we can’t take all the credit, because the star of the kitchen is our head chef Nyerere. He is a great chef, but also a personality. He likes pop out of the kitchen to check on the guests to make sure they appreciate his creations, and his infectious good humour pervades the restaurant.
- Bush dinner and breakfast
- Special arrangement for honeymooners
- Private Bathroom
When to go
Out of all Hotels in South Coast Zanzibar – Kizimkazi, Unguja Lodge is one of the best in the area.